Discovering Your Inner Wisdom

Following is the first in a series of Musings devoted to the topics of interests shared by readers of Blanche's Place Newsletter. I hope you will take the time to read to the end, share your ideas and comments and join us in 

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Life moves faster today than at any time in history.  We are bombarded constantly by ugly, sad, depressing news from around the world.   Events which can affect our well being. Oftentimes, we find ourselves in the position of being powerless to change a thing.

I'm trying hard to slow down, to be mindful of the week ahead. To take precise steps forward instead of just hanging on the hope I don't fall off this roller coaster called life.

( I transgress for a moment.....I love this image! We as women need to work together to pull each other up)

I fell in love with the Victorian images in my Vintage Wisdom Deck.  In using this deck,  I am pulled into quiet solitude with the beauty of the images.

I pulled the Wisdom Card. It is interesting owls have been popping up for me lately, from hearing an owl hooting outside of my office window, to a friend in Canada walking up to an owl sitting on a fence post. Its pretty cool when you start paying attention to these little "coincidences" and wonder if there are messages being sent to you.

Athena the Greek Goddess of wisdom and the Little Owl.

Owls are viewed as powerful totems. Possessing an ability to see things others miss.

"By pulling this card you are invited to contemplate the far-ranging consequences of important decisions. Wisdom is earned through the process of trial and error, and by trusting your voice over the voice of others".

I find myself following one "expert" after another. Each one sharing the "correct" way to promote my online business. More and more I am taking the time to step back, view the tasks at hand and taking the time to create an overview of what needs to be done.

This applies to each and every one of us.  When you allow yourself to be still, you have the answers! You know what needs to be done and how to do it You just need to have faith and trust in yourself.

I'm working on a couple of projects outside of Blanche's Place, devoted to my love of history and cemeteries. I find myself  stuck in fear of making a mistake and what people would think.  I need to trust and open up to the realization that the only way to grow and make a difference is to put these ideas forth. It's scary as hell, but as the old saying goes

So if you are finding yourself in a predicament allow yourself the luxury of quieting the mind, remove yourself from the incessant noise and chatter that surrounds you. If you have a question or situation you need help with, all you need to do is "ask" and allow the message you need to hear flow through you.

For myself, the best tool is free writing. Take a notebook, journal, or whatever you prefer, write your question at the top and begin having a dialog with your inner wisdom. It may feel weird at first but keep going and be amazed at the answers that arise.

So maybe this week take a break from Facebook and put your phone away and take the time to listen to the messages waiting to be heard.

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Today Is Your Day! Make A Difference, Not A Statement!

President Jimmy Carter’s Message to the nation designating March 2-8, 1980 as National Women’s History Week.
From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.
As Dr. Gerda Lerner has noted, “Women’s History is Women’s Right.” – It is an essential and indispensable heritage from which we can draw pride, comfort, courage, and long-range vision.”
I ask my fellow Americans to recognize this heritage with appropriate activities during National Women’s History Week, March 2-8, 1980.
I urge libraries, schools, and community organizations to focus their observances on the leaders who struggled for equality – – Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Lucy
Stone, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Tubman, and Alice Paul.
Understanding the true history of our country will help us to comprehend the need for full equality under the law for all our people.

The entire month of March is now Women's History Month. When did we step away from the main purpose of the month? It used it to be a time to honor and recognize the accomplishments of women throughout history who unfortunately have been forgotten. When did it become a political platform?

 As I am writing women are on strike! Schools have closed in some Eastern states to allow the teachers to march.

Yes, things are sometimes unfair, because we are women, it is sad, but is spending the time and energy with pussy hats on our heads truly making a difference?

 We as American women have every opportunity before us to create and prosper and through our abundance, we are able to reach out and assist other women to achieve their own successes.

Instead of taking Wednesday off by striking, why not donate to a woman's shelter or financially support an organization working with troubled teens?

Put your energy where it will make a difference and demonstrate the positive difference a force of women can make.

An organization in my local area is the Women's Resource Agency. They are doing great things to empower women and teens. Visit their website and make a donation if you would like.

Together we can make a real difference

Why not donate to a local agency in your area! 
Would love to read your comments and ideas!

Uncovering The Truth-Hero or Bastard?

 The idea of time travel has fascinated me since I was a kid.   I remember, sitting in the middle of our hay field, willing myself back in time. Chances are I had just finished watching an episode of Bewitched-if Samantha could  do it, why couldn't I?

Beginning our genealogical journey, is, in reality, taking a step back in time.We hope to discover,  ancestors worthy of ballads as those written for Heroes and Heroines of old.  Are we for certain the events to their claim of fame will actual place them as heroes, or will those events prove to expose them as a bastard more than the hero?

What attracted me to Outlander, the Starz Original Series, was the aspect of time travel. As our story begins, we meet  Frank and Claire, a lovely British couple, on vacation in the Scottish Highlands, shortly after the end of WWII.

Frank, a fellow genealogist, is researching his ancestor, Black Jack Randall, the famous English soldier who fought at the Battle of Culloden, the final conflict for the Jacobite Rising of 1745.

Clair, through the magic found only in the Highlands, is transported back in time, shortly before the battle.  Now we meet the famous,  Black Jack Randall, possessing a striking resemblance to her beloved Frank. In no time at all we discover Black Jack is anything but the hero of legend and lore.  Instead, we find him to be a sick, twisted, cruel bastard.

When he surely deserved to die by the hand of a certain Scottish Highlander, Claire, finds herself having to spare Black Jack's life. Due to the "facts" written in the family Bible, Claire realizes to take Black Jack's life before he marries, Mary Hawkins could affect Frank's existence 200 years in the future. As the story continues, we discover, a twist in the family history, changing everything as it was known.

 View your heroes and heroines with an objective eye. Remove yourself from contemporary morals, and ethics. Put yourself in their place. What would you have done, if faced with the same circumstances?

Could it be possible we have stories in our family history needing closer scrutiny?

Sunrise Inspired by Mother Nature

Imagine wearing a dress not created from a color swatch but from nature herself.

 Last night I decided to take my office outside and work while the sun set.

When I picture  sunsets and sunrises,  I envision  brilliant  reds, oranges, and golds, exploding across the evening or morning sky.

 As I sit here tonight, watching the day come to a quiet end, I notice the colors of the sky-an almost silver like blue mixed with tinges of light pink, usually from the setting sun reflecting through the clouds which blanket the sky.

The clouds, higher in the sky, have the blue tint much like the color of this dress.

 I'm sure the designer found herself in her favorite exotic local watching the sun rise and letting the colors develop in front of here.

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We Are Spiritual Beings

We Are Spiritual Beings
My office mate, my boss, I like the sound of office mate,  were discussing this very thing the other day.

I shared my thoughts  of universal consciousness. The thoughts, ideas etc of those who have gone before us are never truly gone  with death, there is no death, just a change of energy and the transformation of that energy.

Ponder on this idea 

We are spiritual beings

 Did our "separation" from God, take place when Eve picked the forbidden fruit? Are we truly separated? Or is our "vision" clouded, a veil over our eyes preventing us from truly and clearly seeing the divine?
Was Adam and Eve's punishment for not obeying God or was it for not trusting God?

How often may we find ourselves in similar situations.
 Do we blindly trust God or do we "fend for ourselves"?  Do we take it upon ourselves to act impulsively and do what we feel is right? Or do we take the time to stop and sit in quiet reflection? To disconnect from all  interruptions coming our way and quietly listen, truly listen to the messages  being sent to us.

Imagine if we took the time to concentrate and strengthen our spiritual muscles. How would your interactions, thoughts, change or would they?



Celebrating March

Can it be possible  tomorrow is April 1st! 

Now do you look at the date, at these first three months of 2016 and think oh my goodness, the time has flown by. I wanted to do this and that, and here I am looking at everything which didn't get done.  What little, or big project, event etc did you accomplish in March? Instead of focusing at what didn't get  checked off our ever ending to do list, let us celebrate what we did, no matter how little it may seem. After all, a journey begins with the first step, no matter how small we may think that step. I would like to encourage each and every one of you to also celebrate the end of March and all you accomplished! Each month, let us take the time to celebrate and honor who we are and what we have done and where the next month will take us.

This month I celebrate:
Creating a slide show presentation for our local DAR group on the history of Evergreen Cemetery
Set up my photography area to be able to start taking pictures of vintage clothing to place on the website
Cleaned off my end table next to my bed-need I mention a mountain of books-it was quite a chore!

So what will you celebrate for March?

Saying Goodbye To Downton Abbey

Only a few hours left until the very last episode of Downton Abbey. I won't be watching this evening with all of you as the late hour is not conducive to having to be up very early the next morning. Which I guess is a good thing. I am not looking forward at all to watching this episode, maybe I putting off the inevitable, if I don't watch it maybe it won't be really over.
I truly am going to miss the show.

Downton Abbey took us back to a world that was simpler,and beautiful. Yes the fashions were amazing, but it was the interactions between the characters. Yes Lady Mary and Lady Edith did have their  issues, but it wasn't the ugly, vulgar nonsense we are subjected to on regular tv.

Downton brought a touch of elegance and class to my life-it was my weekly escape from the ugly around me. For an hour, I was surrounded by beauty and grace

I hope after this series is over, I can create a little bit of elegance and loveliness in my life, to escape to once a week. Whether it is a quite corner decorated just so, or sipping a cup of tea and reading a good book.

Maybe its time we all created a little bit of Downton in our everyday lives to keep the magic alive.

Goodbye Downton-You will most certainly be missed.